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What Type Of Snowboard Do You Need?

Feb 2, 2008
Snowboarding is a sport growing in popularity and as a result the variety of snowboards available is becoming quite large and can make it hard to choose which one is right for you. There are currently hundreds of different brands of snowboards and equipment to choose from.

Many ski resorts and ski shops will allow you to rent snowboarding equipment so it could be a good idea to rent some different snowboards to get a feel for the boards and find out which one would best suit you.
It is important to get a snowboard based on your weight and height. Men's boards will be different in length than women's boards and are likely to have different designs, but really there is nothing major to stop you from using either board. Children will of course have boards based on their size.

You can get snowboards that are made specifically to allow you to do certain skills like you all rounder boards will allow you to free ride up and down mountains and will be fine for someone just starting out and learning the sport. The all rounders will also allow you to tackle jumps and moguls. Other boards are made more for speed and may be longer and have less of a curved edge.

Some of the common brands of snowboards are as follows:

*Burton - Burton is one of the most popular brands and has been in business for 30 years. Burton is the 'big name' in snowboarding. Many of the 'big' professional snowboarders endorse the Burton brand.

*Forum - The Forum company has a very dedicated team, the results of which shows in the quality and craftsmanship of their products. Burton was very impressed with the Forum Company and as a result acquired the company in 2004.

*Gnu - This is a very long standing brand and they are a very innovative company. All Gnu snowboards are handmade and are of very good quality.

*Ride - Ride are a very popular company that offer great quality in their boards as well as very stylish outerwear. They are always improving their gear and have uniqueness about their products.

*Rome - This is a company formed by some experienced snowboarders that have such a passion for their sports that they decided to share their passion by offering people their innovative and unique products. If you want to have some fun with your snowboarding products then Rome is a good choice.

Some other snowboard brands are Flow, K2, Arbor, Elan, Nidecker, Rossignol and Salomon.

For some of the top brands you will be paying $500 or even up to $1000. These are quite specialized boards that will allow you to do skills like tight turns and speed riding.

There is a big selection of snowboards available online but you have the disadvantage of not being able to physically touch or look at the board before you buy it. This is where renting can be very useful if you rent some boards and find which one is right for you then you can go shopping online and find the board that you want.
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Lucas Bradford. Are you wondering if your snowboard boots fit right? I'll tell you... http://www.CanadianSnowboarder.com
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